Allow yourself to be forgiving, allow yourself to be surprised. ✨ This photo of me was taken just after lying prone on this log, tumbling off into the rushing stream (!), resurfacing with “catlike reflexes” according to Ginger, and kneeling back on the log to breathe and recenter myself.
I remember in this moment feeling humbled, surrendered, and yet still empowered in myself. I think this is the magic blend for life.
I am so proud of myself for hiking over 20 miles in a single day! This is the first time I had ever done that - it probably helped that there were like a million picture perfect lakes, rivers and mountain scapes every second of the way! :-) I think this will be a turning point in my hiking adventures :-) Cheers, to one of my favorite places in the world and a new hiking milestone!
Back story, if you care to read: :-)
I had been car camping for a few evenings in the same spot with these 3 wonderful humans, who invited me on this hike with them. Weary of my knee, I told them I’d love to join them but I was probably going to go to the first big lake and back, a 13-15 mile day... which still felt high for me… I urged them to speed ahead and I’d see them at the cars as they had a long day ahead... but deep down really really wanted to do it too. I got to my turning point and I looked over and I saw a man around 60 years old sitting there. As I always do I cheerfully said hello! Then, asked him, what hike he was doing today. He replied that he was doing the big 21 mile loop and in that exact moment I said, ya know what, me too!!! Want to do it together? So for the next 10 hours I went step by step just me and my new friend. And certainly now, a lifelong friend, who I hope to do another 20 mile hike with in the future! Even more heart warming, as I neared my last steps of the loop, I saw the 3 faces of my new camping friends (also, now life long friends), waiting for me cheering, with a beer and water (& a little worry, as they had been asking people for hours if they had seen me hehe) :-)… Gosh, I freaking love them! It has been so amazing connecting with, supporting, sharing stories, life lessons, values and laughs with these humans.
Also, I felt my first earthquake that night which was so freaking cool!
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I was not born for one corner; the whole world is my native land.
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Over the weekend I finally went on my first solo overnight trip in the backcountry. Just me and my little tent on the mountain overlooking Howe Sound ⛺️
I’ve spent countless nights camping with family and friends, but had never done a trip completely alone. Though I love sharing adventures with other people, this summer I’ve been trying to keep my bubble pretty small and explore more local trails on my own.
It was honestly equal parts empowering and nerve racking sleeping on top of a mountain all by myself.
I hiked up in the late afternoon sun, and got to camp a bit later than expected. So after quickly setting up my tent, I grabbed my camera and dinner to catch the sunset. And wow was it ever a fantastic show ✨
Getting to sleep was probably the hardest part of this trip. The wind was whipping through the valley behind me, and every little noise outside my tent started to sound like a snuffling bear. I’m guessing I was probably asleep for no more than 3 hours.
At about 4am I decided to poke my head out the tent to see if sunrise was going to be just as beautiful as sunset, but no luck. The clouds had completely covered the ridge I was sleeping on. It was like waking up in a completely different place.
So I didn’t spend too much time hanging around camp in the morning, and hiked back down through the cloudy trees.
Overall, it was a fantastic local adventure and I definitely learned quite a few things about myself. One of those being that I prefer to camp with other people 🤷🏻♀️
If you made it this far, thanks for reading my novel of a trip report 😂
All we need is the morning. As long as there is a sunrise, then there is the possibility that we can face all of our misfortunes, celebrate all our blessings, and live all our endeavors as human beings.
At its simplest, life begins with dawn. That is blessing enough. All else becomes fullness immeasurable.
People keep telling me that my life will go on without you, but to me, that’s the saddest part
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We didn’t get to have the wedding we imagined, or a honeymoon, but all I really need is you and this view 🙌
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One day we’ll return to the desert and hike more slot canyons. This day I really really wanted to hike a more intense one, but there were potential storms on the horizon and no one wants to be in a slot canyon during a storm. This “family friendly” one was still beautiful and we had it mostly to ourselves since we were able to camp close by and start early.
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Do you ever lose your mojo? Not THAT kind of mojo 😝, but the kind where you feel uninspired creatively? Ever since the pandemic started, I lost all motivation to get out my camera and take photos. I watched and admired people expanding their creative side online while sheltering in place. And all I could think was, “I just don’t have the physical or mental capacity right now”. 😰
I was overwhelmed on so many levels that the thought of learning something new or honing my skills didn’t sound fun at all. I literally didn’t have an ounce of energy left in me. With everything happening around the world, so many unknowns for our future plans and big decisions to make, I was in survival mode. On top of it all, the media was making the situation worse. I found myself getting sucked into it which caused me to worry incessantly--not just for our family, but for the world.
This emotional spiral went on for several weeks. There were a few times I wanted to walk away from it all. Walk away from social media and our business and go back to life before all of this.
Except life will never be the same again. Times change, life moves on and we have to adapt and learn.
Luckily I am in a better place now. 🙏🏼 I still don’t feel very creatively inspired, but I am more motivated again. When I think about walking away, I always come back to my WHY. I think about all the people that I want to help. I am reminded of all the opportunities that have been afforded to us and how if we left it all, we would miss it. But most importantly we would miss YOU.
I share all of this because maybe it will resonate with someone who is struggling to keep going. Life is challenging for everyone now. But hold on. Remember your WHY and focus on how far you’ve come instead of how far you have to go. Remember that you are worth success and happiness. Remember to give yourself grace, cut yourself some slack and know that that you are doing the best you can.
It’s going to be OK. In the end, everything always works out for your good. ❤️
Para nadie es un secreto que en esta época las presiones diarias hacen que la energía del cuerpo comience a agotarse. Por esta razón, comienzan a aparecer los problemas de salud, producto del estrés. En este caso, lo mejor es tomar un tiempo de completo descanso y buscar lugares que ayuden a mejorar esta condición. Por ejemplo, se recomienda disfrutar de un espacio natural que cuente con aguas termales, puesto que a estos se les atribuyen propiedades curativas.
En el distrito de Yanque existe uno de estos atractivos naturales. Se trata de los Baños Termales de Chacapi, los cuales son reconocidos por sus beneficios para la salud. Estos termales poseen dos increíbles piscinas de aguas calientes, cuya temperatura máxima alcanza los 45 grados centígrados. Además, estos pozos tienen minerales que ayudan a mejorar la apariencia de la piel, aportan beneficios para los pacientes con reumatismo y, sobre todo, contribuyen a la eliminación del estrés.
Comparte con tus amigos está increíble aventura, porque ¡Viajar es Divertido!
I forced myself out of the cozy tent before dawn last week so I could start paddling Mono Lake with the sunrise. It was 38 degrees and I was bound and determined to paddle to an island that sits in the middle of the lake. I didn't know how far away it was, but I could see it was going to be one of the longest distances I'd paddled yet. I pushed my paddle deep and moved quietly across the glossy water. Aside from the seagulls and osprey that consider the million year old lake their nesting ground, I was the only one out on the water. It was tiring, there's plenty of times I wanted to rest, but the currents and wind had other ideas. On a very micro scale, that's really how all of life is. When we're working hard on something, it's okay (and necessary) to rest - so long as we're always maintaining course and staying strong against influences that might sway progress. I paddled the 6mi round trip in just over 2hrs and came back to shore feeling strong, but exhausted. We're all working on progress in our own ways right now and what we're collectively going through isn't easy. It's okay to rest, growth is always worth a celebration, and we must keep going. 🧡
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Wishing I was still working near these trees — shoutout to @elise_decker for hosting me in her cabin 🏕
Embrace👏🏼 your 👏🏼back-up 👏🏼trail plan(s)!
This way, you are less disappointed if your original plan gets postponed or has to wait until another day (due to inclement weather, a full parking lot, or other unforeseeable obstacles.)
On this trip, I was SO set on completing a specific hike, but hoping the ominous weather predicted for that day would just magically improve as the time got closer. The night before, I realized this was just not going to happen. I set my sights on a different area where the weather was predicted to be better.
Here are some thoughts for truly embracing the back-up, even when your heart and mind are already set:
📍This might sound obvious, but pick trails/activities you are excited about, and keep an open mind to lesser-known trails! Ask others, research online or in books, look at a map; I keep a running list of hikes/ activities in the notes section of my phone.
🥾If you are unsure about the scattered forecast for that day, pick shorter trails. I also find hikes that are close in proximity to each other and shorter (this way, if weather DOES clear up, if my body is up for it, and if I have the water/food to fuel me, I can continue onto the next trail. If not, I already completed one rad hike and/or can bail rather quickly.)
🌧What do waterfalls and raindrops have in common? 💦 If only light rain or chance-of showers are predicted, perhaps consider a waterfall trail (while using caution and knowing areas that might be slippery.) Knowledge is power- be prepared to go with the (rain) flow!
⚡️But if the weather is dangerous and doesn’t improve on day-of: now what? Depending on current covid-related restrictions, my usual go-to is exploring the nearby town (at a safe distance & following local laws.) The coffee shop and the bookstore ( #rainydayreads ) are places to start; or grab a bite to eat and support a local establishment (try new things/places!)
🔑Remember: planning should be fun and not stressful...And if the universe really isn’t aligned with your plans that day, there is nothing wrong with playing it safe and staying home. The mountains and Mother Nature will be there. 🌞
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Hi there! Our names are Rachel, Olivia, Emily, Kristen, and Nicole, and we believe that the best things in life are outdoors.🌲 We are five gals that became best friends in college, bonding over our mutual love for nature, dogs, breakfast food, and of course, road trips to northern Michigan. ☕️💕
We created this blog to share our adventure stories, camping tips, road trip essentials, and everything in between. We hope to show that anyone can enjoy the outdoors – no fancy gear or love for bugs is necessary. 🏕 ✨ #thecampgals
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